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European Vistas

History, Ethics and Identity in the Works of Claudio Magris

by Remko Smid (Author)
Monographs X, 174 Pages

Summary

Claudio Magris is one of Italy’s – and Europe’s – most renowned thinkers and writers. He is considered an authority on central European literature and culture and is frequently interviewed about his hometown Trieste, the region called Mitteleuropa and the European Union. But what makes Magris such a relevant figure on the European literary scene?
European Vistas aims to answer this question by analysing the three most central elements in Magris’ novels – history, ethics and identity – in relation to contemporary Europe. His choice of particular histories are considered in terms of the ethical ideas and values that motivate him as well as the relevance of these stories for Europe. The book also explores Magris’ understanding and narration of identity and its potential for a transnational mode of identification, specifically within the European context. Ultimately, the author demonstrates why Magris’ ideas about history, ethics and identity are fundamental for Europe’s future.

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European Vistas

History, Ethics and Identity
in the Novels of Claudio Magris

Remko Smid


PETER LANG

Oxford • Bern • Berlin • Bruxelles • New York • Wien

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Names: Smid, Remko, 1979- author.

Title: European vistas: history, ethics and identity in the works of Claudio Magris / Remko Smid.

Description: Oxford; New York: Peter Lang, [2020] | Includes bibliographical references and index. |

Identifiers: LCCN 2019039874 | ISBN 9781789976359 (paperback)

Subjects: LCSH: Magris, Claudio—Criticism and interpretation. | Magris, Claudio—Knowledge—Europe.

Classification: LCC PQ4873.A3645 Z88 2020 | DDC 853/.914—dc23

LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2019039874

This work was accepted as a PhD thesis by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Zurich in the fall semester 2017 on the recommendation of the Doctoral Committee: Prof. Dr. T. Crivelli (main supervisor) and Prof. Dr. S. Zanetti.

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ISSN 1660-6205

ISBN 978-1-78997-635-9 (print) • ISBN 978-1-78997-636-6 (ePDF)

ISBN 978-1-78997-637-3 (ePub) • ISBN 978-1-78997-638-0 (mobi)

DOI: 10.3726/b16187

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About the author

Remko Smid completed a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Zurich. Always attracted by interdisciplinarity and undoubtedly influenced by both his Dutch and Italian origins, Smid has incorporated many of his interests into this book: literature, history, culture, politics, and the past, present and future of the European project.

About the book

Claudio Magris is one of Italy’s – and Europe’s – most renowned thinkers and writers. He is considered an authority on central European literature and culture and is frequently interviewed about his hometown Trieste, the region called Mitteleuropa and the European Union. But what makes Magris such a relevant figure on the European literary scene?

European Vistas aims to answer this question by analysing the three most central elements in Magris’ novels – history, ethics and identity – in relation to contemporary Europe. His choice of particular histories are considered in terms of the ethical ideas and values that motivate him as well as the relevance of these stories for Europe. The book also explores Magris’ understanding and narration of identity and its potential for a transnational mode of identification, specifically within the European context. Ultimately, the author demonstrates why Magris’ ideas about history, ethics and identity are fundamental for Europe’s future.

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A Note on Translations

Novels by Claudio Magris

Illazioni su una sciabola (1984)

Danubio (1986)

Un altro mare (1991)

Microcosmi (1997)

Alla cieca (2005)

Non luogo a procedere (2015)

Equivalent Titles in English Translation

Inferences from a Sabre (1985)

Danube (1989)

A Different Sea (1995)

Microcosms (1999)

Blindly (2012)

Blameless (2017)←ix | x→ ←x | 1→

Details

Pages
X, 174
ISBN (PDF)
9781789976366
ISBN (ePUB)
9781789976373
ISBN (MOBI)
9781789976380
ISBN (Softcover)
9781789976359
Language
English
Publication date
2019 (November)
Tags
Claudio Magris European history the ethics of history transnational identity Mitteleuropa Italian literature
Published
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, New York, Wien, 2020. X, 174 pp.

Biographical notes

Remko Smid (Author)

Remko Smid completed a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Zurich. Always attracted by interdisciplinarity and undoubtedly influenced by both his Dutch and Italian origins, Smid has incorporated many of his interests into this book: literature, history, culture, politics, and the past, present and future of the European project.

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